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#1 caesie'n'linc

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:37 AM

Yesterday afternoon my eldest stepped on a screw, I have absolutely no idea why that particular piece of wood was still in the yard as I remember throwing ALL the bits from their old sandpit onto the trailer ages ago (gggrrr! I suppose the kids must have pulled it back out to play with it and hidden it somewhere).

Anyway, I was out for all of 30mins buying bread and some salad for dinner and I came home to blood all over the front patio and my son sitting on the couch, foot resting on the frozen peas, still crying sad.gif
His foot didn't bleed for long (the patio was a mess though LOL), it had stopped bleeding by the time I got back, so there was no need to take him to get stitches...but after he was in bed last night I started to wonder if I should have taken him for a tetanus shot.

So, if anyone knows or has any experience with this please help!

Oh, and the piece of wood/screw has been out in the yard for about 12mths now (that makes it sound like we don't tidy the yard, doesn't it? we do, but the kids are good at hiding things where we wont easily find them LOL), as well as the time it spent as part of the kids sandpit...if that makes any difference.

#2 Tesseract

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

Yeah when it comes to rust I would definitely take him to the doc to find out if you need one.

#3 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:42 AM

It depends on whether his tetanus shots are up to date or not. Check his Blue Book and work out when his booster is due, then contact your GP.

(And thanks for reminding me, I need to get a booster sometime next year)

#4 Therese

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

I would definitely take him to the doctor.

#5 CountryFeral

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

If his tetanus is up to date he'll be ok.

If not HELL YEAH!


I impaled myself last summer and nipped down to get a tetanus shot (mine had lapsed) and was surprised as to the fuss the staff at the medical centre went to... I think they spent a good 1/2 hour or more cleaning the tiny puncture wound.

I had two nurses, then two doctors come in and check it and I had to return a week later to have it checked again!

When I mentioned to the nurse that if I hadn't needed a tetanus shot I probably would have left it un touched she was horrified!

#6 Cranky Kitten

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

I'd check with your GP or ring health direct.

#7 JRA

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

I would certainly check. I cut my finger badly a few weeks ago and got a shot, which made me think about DS., I think after they have the 4th tetanus shot at the 4yo immunisations they don't need it again until their teens.

Is this your oldest son - 8yo? He may not need one if he has had all his immunisations, but I certainly would check.

I would certainly check. I cut my finger badly a few weeks ago and got a shot, which made me think about DS., I think after they have the 4th tetanus shot at the 4yo immunisations they don't need it again until their teens.

Is this your oldest son - 8yo? He may not need one if he has had all his immunisations, but I certainly would check.

#8 caesie'n'linc

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

He had the DTPa shots as a bub, the last one was at 4yrs old, he's almost 10 now.

There's no other booster shots listed in his book at all.  How often are boosters needed?

The screw wasn't rusty, but it has been out in the yard through all the rain/storms/minor flooding our yard gets when it rains.

I guess I should have a shower and take him to the drs then...he's currently hopping around the house giggling and chasing his sister LOL



#9 CountryBumpkin

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:31 AM

I believe tetanus can't survive where there is oxygen. And I thought I read somewhere tetanus isn't from rust, it's from faeces? And you need the booster before, it won't prevent if it's already in the body.

#10 Greatmum

Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

Not sure for kids maybe if his shots are up to date then it will be OK.  Check with GP.

I know for adults if you have had a booster as an adult you dont need anymore.  Not how they used to say you had to have a booster every 10 years.

#11 Soontobegran

Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

You do not need a booster until 10 years after completing the immunisation program for tetanus when the coverage is waning.
Your child should be fine as far as tetanus goes but the wound may still become infected from other bacteria so I would wash it well, try and ensure all bits are out of the wound and if it has stopped bleeding it should be fine.
If it starts to get more painful or becomes red then straight to the doctor.

#12 Soontobegran

Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 01/12/2012, 10:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The GP gave me a tetanus shot. He said you should have a tetanus shot each time something like that happens not just if your tetanus shots aren't up to date  ohmy.gif


Gosh your GP is an alarmist..talk about vaccine overload.

#13 4kidlets

Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

Just repeaating what STBG said - OP, I gather from your signature that your child is around 10 years old - if he had his 4 year old injections,that includes tetanus booster and he will not require another one now - as it is less than 10 years ago.


After the primary course (ie the childhood schedule) a booster is given at around age 14 as part of the high school program.

You do not need another routine booster until around age 50 and that wil last you for life (ie not neccesary to routinely have tetanus every 10 years any more) - unless you have a high risk injury in which case a booster will be recomended if you have not had one in last 10 years.

QUOTE
The GP gave me a tetanus shot. He said you should have a tetanus shot each time something like that happens not just if your tetanus shots aren't up to date  ohmy.gif


Not sure where your GP is getting that information from blink.gif - is certainly NOT current recomended practice.

#14 caesie'n'linc

Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 01/12/2012, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You do not need a booster until 10 years after completing the immunisation program for tetanus when the coverage is waning.
Your child should be fine as far as tetanus goes but the wound may still become infected from other bacteria so I would wash it well, try and ensure all bits are out of the wound and if it has stopped bleeding it should be fine.
If it starts to get more painful or becomes red then straight to the doctor.

This is pretty much what the dr said original.gif  

Dr said that tetanus is fine for 10yrs, but he would have recommended another just to be safe if the injury had required stitches.
The nurse cleaned & dressed the wound and DS has been put on antibiotics as a precaution as it was looking a little red around the edges already (probably just the injury, but the last thing I need is a child that's too big for me to carry getting an infection in his foot and not wanting to walk LOL).

After the trip to the dr we visited my parents and the kids decided to have a swim...this was a great idea, even if it was soon after the dressing was done LOL  It cleaned all the dirt & dried blood out of DSs foot (he wouldn't let me touch it and the nurse didn't try to get anything out from inside the cut)...I had a good look and it's nowhere near as deep or nasty as we first thought biggrin.gif  The bigger of the two wounds is more like a thick flap of skin rather than a deep puncture, which is a good thing...I think...the other is minor, I wasn't worried about that at all.

Thanks again for the help this morning ladies original.gif  
It really helps to have other peoples opinions sometimes (especially when DH is hopeless LOL paranoid about things that don't matter and really unconcerned about things like this that have the potential to cause further problems).




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